LSAT Advice in a Recession? Study Even Harder

A guest post from our friends at Blueprint LSAT Preparation:

It shouldn't be news to you that you want to get a good LSAT score to have a competitive law school application.  Nothing complements the luster of a high GPA like a great LSAT score (other than a sequined pair of harem pants, of course).

Conversely, nothing can help scrub the tarnish off a low GPA like a good LSAT score.  I knew a student with a 3.4 undergraduate GPA who got into Harvard Law School—and as a Caucasian male who had done no volunteer work whatsoever with indigenous communities!  His LSAT score:  179.

You may also be aware that interest in law school is reaching a fever pitch.  Last year more people took the LSAT than in the history of the test—over 170,000.  Law school applications soared as well.  In the fall of 2009, 565,000 applications were submitted to ABA law schools.  In 2001, the number was 355,000.

What does this have to do with the LSAT?  Well, it means it's now more important than ever to do well on the darn thing.  More applicants means you'll want to make your application as competitive as possible, and the LSAT score is a key ingredient.  Of course, there are other parts of a law school application (a great personal statement, extracurricular activities, and whether your uncle's surname is over the entrance to the law library come to mind), but for many schools the LSAT is the single most important piece of the law school application.

So now that you know how important the test is, how do you get a good score? You can study on your own, in a class, or not at all, but I recommend checking out Blueprint:  The Movie 2.0.  Of course, I own the company that created it, so I may be biased, but the thing is fairly amazing.  New for September 2010, it features approximately 60 hours of high-definition, streaming videos and is entirely animated with hand-drawn illustrations.  You can check out some samples of Blueprint:  The Movie 2.0 here.

At $799, it's also a cheaper option for students who can't afford the nearly $1,200 other online courses can cost.  That way you can get a killer LSAT score and still buy the sequined harem pants.  They'll look great in the law library.

Posted by Jodi Triplett of Blueprint LSAT Preparation.  Blueprint offers live LSAT courses and its newest online edition, Blueprint:  The Movie 2.0.